Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means millions of drivers across the country will be packing up and hitting the road. This increased travel volume further stresses the importance of vehicle safety and maintenance, as well as the importance of proper planning. Higher mile trips can take a toll on vehicles with out-of-date maintenance, so keeping your ride in proper condition can save you a headache down the road and keep your family safe this Thanksgiving.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Colder weather can take a toll on a vehicle, especially when it comes to your tires. Cold air is less dense than warm air, which means that when the temperature drops, your tire pressure may too. Many newer cars have tire pressure sensors and monitors that will tell you when it’s time to get air, but if you’re driving an older vehicle without these electronic sensors, it’s important to check before hitting the road to ensure your tire pressure is correct.

Check Your Fluids

Antifreeze, oil, windshield washer fluid – run low on any of these and your travel plans may come to a grinding halt. Before you take off, check your fluid levels and top off as needed. Your vehicle and your passengers will thank you!

Check Your Documents

Make sure you have your valid driver’s license, registration, insurance and owner’s manual in your vehicle before departure. Hopefully your holiday travel goes smoothly and you don’t need any of these, but if you do it’s much better to have them easily accessible and up-to-date.

Make a Travel Plan

Creating a travel plan can be one of the most useful things you do. Much of the headache of travel comes either from poor planning or a complete lack of planning. Creating a plan that avoids traffic-prone areas or includes travel at off-peak times is something to be thankful for!